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In the midst of early Methodism : Lady Huntingdon and her correspondence /
John R. Tyson with Boyd S. Schlenther.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, Inc. : Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements, 2006.
description
xvi, 331 p.
ISBN
0810857936 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780810857933 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, Inc. : Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements, 2006.
isbn
0810857936 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780810857933 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Introducing Lady Huntingdon -- Domestic correspondence -- In the midst of the revival -- Lady Huntingdon's preachers -- Lady Huntingdon's college -- Letters of friendship and counsel -- American correspondence -- Steps towards separation -- Lady Huntingdon's connection -- Lady Huntingdon's last days.
catalogue key
5985136
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John R. Tyson is professor of theology at Houghton College in New York Boyd S. Schlenther was professor of ecclesiastical history at the University of Wales
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She corresponded with the Wesleys, George Washington, John Jay and African American poet Phillis Wheatley. She appointed chaplains and ran the business of nearly 70 chapels, operated an orphanage and established a seminary. The efforts of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntington, were integral to all the eighteenth century revival movement and to Methodism in particular. In this collection, which begins as she is married and ends as she is dying, we read of her concerns for John Wesley's peace of mind, her substantial finances, and her ability to know which candlesticks were at which chapel awaiting the new preacher. We read her assessments of the Calvinism with which she is so closely associated, and the means by which she intends to illuminate all with it. Mostly, she informs us that women of the period could be capable and powerful as well as prayerful.
These studies are impressive works of scholarship, based upon painstaking research in the Countess's massive correspondence and other contemporary materials.
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Summaries
Long Description
Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, was the chief administrator behind the Calvinistic wing of Methodism, and was its main organizer. She leased chapels, purchased advowsons (the right to nominate a person to hold a church office), and appointed chaplains and lay preachers to staff the far-flung connection of more than sixty-seven chapels and preaching posts. She established a college for the training of preachers and operated an orphanage. In the Midst of Early Methodism: Lady Huntingdon and Her Correspondence introduces the Countess of Huntingdon to a modern readership from the vantage point of her own letters and papers. As a friend and confidant to most of the leading figures of the Eighteenth Century, English revival, Lady Huntingdon was indeed, located In the Midst of Early Methodism. Among her frequent correspondents were John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Philip Dodderidge, and many lesser-known evangelicals. Through the works of her most illustrious chaplain, George Whitefield, the Countess also became involved in religion and politics in North America. Hence, her voluminous correspondence includes letters to and from George Washington, John Jay, and Phillis Wheatley, an early African American Poetess. This is the first representative anthology of the letters and papers of Selina Hastings, which are presented chronologically from the early years of her marriage through her last days and death.
Main Description
Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, was the chief administrator and main organizer behind the Calvinistic wing of Methodism. She leased chapels, purchased advowsons (the right to nominate a person to hold a church office), and appointed chaplains and lay preachers to staff the far-flung connection of nearly seventy chapels and preaching posts. She also operated an orphanage and established a college to train preachers.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Endorsementp. ix
Editor's Prefacep. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introducing Lady Huntingdonp. 1
Domestic Correspondencep. 23
In the Midst of the Revivalp. 47
Lady Huntingdon's Preachersp. 129
Lady Huntingdon's Collegep. 157
Letters of Friendship and Counselp. 177
American Correspondencep. 211
Steps Toward Separationp. 245
Lady Huntingdon's Connectionp. 273
Lady Huntingdon's Last Daysp. 293
Preface to the Hymn Book of Lady Huntingdon's Connectionp. 301
Contents of Lady Huntingdon's Connectional Hymn Bookp. 303
Lady Huntingdon's Letters and Papersp. 311
General Indexp. 319
About the Authorp. 331
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